Today I’m going to tell you about a superhero named Dr. Mohammod Jobayer Chisti who has invented an affordable medical method for saving thousands of infant’s life. In 1996, Dr. Mohammod Jobayer Chisti was working in the pediatric division of the Sylhet Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh.
‘It was my first night as an intern and three children died before my eyes. I felt so helpless that I cried.’
That night he made a guarantee that he would accomplish a remark for stopping children passing on from pneumonia.
Around 920,000 infants and children die every year, for the most part in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Following two decades of research, Dr. Chisti has now thought of a minimal effort gadget with the possibility to save a huge number of infants’ lives.
Pneumonia has expensive medical treatment
Pneumonia causes for bacteria like streptococcus (strep throat) or a virus such as a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The lungs end up noticeably swollen and load with liquid or discharge, lessening their capacity to take in oxygen. In developed country healing facilities utilize ventilators to help kids with pneumonia to breathe. Each machine can cost up to 12 lac taka and must be worked by uniquely prepared staff which can make them excessively costly for doctor’s facilities in developing the country, for example, Bangladesh. The World Health Organization’s prescribed minimal effort elective treatment for serious pneumonia – low-stream oxygen – still outcomes in one of every seven kids are dying.
How he discovered a cheaper treatment method for Pneumonia?
Dr. Chisti got his motivation from a machine he saw while working in Melbourne, Australia. This uses continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to keep the lungs from falling, helping the body to ingest enough oxygen. However, it is costly.
When he came back to work at the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, he began taking a shot at a more straightforward, less expensive air pocket CPAP gadget.
He and a colleague of him took a disposed of plastic cleanser bottle from the emergency unit. Then fill it with water and inserted one end of some plastic supply tubing.
“The children inhale oxygen from a tank and exhale through a tube which is inserted into a bottle of water producing bubbles in the water,” Dr. Chisti explains. He also said
We tested it on four or five patients at random. We saw a significant improvement within a few hours.”
“Doctors worked so hard; oxygen, a pipe for food, and then a white round bottle were connected with water bubbling away. After the treatment, when my child recovered, I felt so happy,” says Kohinoor Begum, whose daughter Runa was treated by the device.
The device appeared to cut mortality rates by 75%. Dr. Chisti’s low-cost life saver device has saved 600 children’s life. When he was asked how he feels to be fulfilling that promise he made 20 years ago he replies: “I have no language to express this.”
Dr. Mohammad Jobayer Chisti wants CRAP device available in every developing country’s’ hospital. If it can be managed Dr. Chisti says “On that day, we can say that pneumonia-related mortality is near zero.”